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... your food choices. Choose whatever Sicilian bottle that strikes your fancy, confident that: 1) it will not be more than $25, more likely $15-$20; 2) it will be delicious; and 3) the restaurant's markup will be about $5. Feeling flush? Why not splurge on something imported, maybe something from Italy. You might pay $40 or $50 for something really special. Guess what the restaurant's take is. About $5.
... gearbox and properly spaced foot-pedals, making redlining and gear-shifting on the tight and steep roads pure joy). But hey, the freedom thing still applies.
And the countryside is gorgeous. Much of Sicily is very rugged terrain, whether along the shoreline or far inland. We traveled the narrow, steep and windy roads, stopping in the little villages ...
... may gather, at least four of them will be talking at the same time and all will be gesticulating wildly). I wouldn't want to be here in August, but September and October or maybe April through June sounds pretty good.
Anyway, Siracusa was a great few days. Now we pick up our rental car and will be traveling the back roads of southern and western Sicily for the next ten days or so. Already seems like our time here is growing too short.
... Sicily a few years later by a government that feared their growing wealth, power and influence.
The monastery fell into the hands of the Commune of Catania (aka the City), sat empty for decades, and was eventually turned over to the University of Catania. The university has done an amazing job of sensitively and faithfully converting the beautiful old spaces, some of them dating from the 16th century, into classroom, ...
... evening, making it nice for long walks.
I have enjoyed taking part in the Sicilian way of life. I cannot believe at how lucky the Italians are when it comes to fresh produce, and how cheap it is. The peaches, nectarines and apricots are amazing and for under $2 a kilo. I even saw peaches the other day, freshly picked for 80 cents a kilo. And you dont have to look far for a fruit stall as they are on nearly every street corner. I have loved being able to eat so much fresh fruit.